The iconic UK seaside town getting £90m revamp in huge new plans | UK | News

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The iconic UK seaside town getting £90m revamp in huge new plans | UK | News

Blackpool is famous for its annual illuminations and historic landmark, but has regularly been named one of the most deprived areas in the whole of the UK.

The Government has announced that the town has been awarded £90million as part of its Levelling Up scheme.

Levelling Up Minister Michael Gove chose the town as one of 20 pilot areas in the country to receive funding, with the aim of improving housing.

He said Blackpool had been picked because of a rising number of squalid and damp properties there, reports the BBC.

Housing in the town’s inner areas have suffered from the most deprivation, with some former holiday homes poorly converted into permanent houses.

Council leader Lynn Williams said: « Our residents and communities desperately need better housing and investment in their neighbourhoods, especially in the inner areas of Blackpool.

« We will use this funding to continue the process of positive change, improving housing, neighbourhoods and life chances across inner Blackpool. We will be holding a full public consultation concerning our plans for a first phase. »

The investment will be rolled out over the next few years, with the development of new housing at the forefront.

Blackburn has also been awarded £20million from the fund, £8million of which will be used to renovate King George’s Hall in Blackburn.

There will also be new investment for Tony’s Ballroom, The Exchange and Imperial Mill.

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